There are significant benefits to engaging nontraditional voices and the service population in policy and program decisions. However, while your organization or group may recognize the need to increase involvement by nontraditional voices in decisions, it may not be ready to begin that level of engagement immediately.
Use the self-assessment tool to identify areas where your group feels confident and areas where your group may be ready to learn a bit more. If your group is not ready to create new seats at the table, there are other ways to take initial steps. Bringing on a new group member representing a nontraditional voice before your group is ready can be more challenging that it needs to be.